cau·dil·lo (kô-dēlyō, -dēyō, kou-)
n. pl. cau·dil·los
1. A leader or chief, especially a military dictator.
2. A political boss; an overlord.
[Spanish, leader, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of Latin caput, head; see kaput- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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